This Week in Pac-10 Volleyball
Sept. 24, 2007
If the first weekend of league play is any indication of what's to come this season, no Pac-10 team will be able to take each other lightly. Of the nine league matches played last weekend, three went five games (33 percent). Compared to what the Pac-10 did in non-conference matches to date - of 117 matches, only 15 went five games (13 percent) - and you can see that the team that captures the league title will have certainly earned it... The league's non-conference mark stands at 97-20 (.829). That mark includes a record of 17-3 (.850) against opponents ranked in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25... USC and STANFORD battle in this week's FSN televised match. Paul Sunderland calls the action, while Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly provide commentary... Six Pac-10 teams grace the CSTV/AVCA Top 25, including five among the Top 10 - No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 California, and No. 21 Oregon.
ARIZONA senior MB Dominque Lamb posted 30 kills (3.33 kpg) and hit .413 in matches vs. UCLA and USC last weekend. She also collected 19 blocks (2.11 bpg), including a career-high 12 blocks (1 BS, 11 BA) vs. USC. For her career, Lamb has 398 block assists, which ranks third on the Arizona career list. She needs three block assists to move into sole possession of second on the list. Sophomore OH Alanna Resch, who entered last weekend's play averaging 3.21 digs, recorded 45 digs (5.00 dpg) in the two matches. She's posted 20 or more digs in three of the last four matches... ARIZONA STATE senior L Sydney Donahue established herself as the Pac-10 career leader in digs with 2,099 and counting. She posted 17 digs vs. USC to move past former record holder Debora Seilhamer, who collected 2,071 digs at USC from 2003-06... CALIFORNIA sophomore OH Hana Cutura led the team in kills with 21 and attacks with 53 against the Stanford Cardinal. Four Bears had double-doubles against Stanford: junior OH Morgan Beck (10 kills, 11 digs), freshman S Carli Lloyd (53 asssists, 10 digs), senior OH Angie Pressey (11 kills, 11 digs), and Cutura (21 kills, 11 digs)... OREGON played its Pac-10 opener vs. Washington in front of 2,375 fans at McArthur Court on Friday. It was the fifth largest in program history. Oregon responded by sweeping Washington State the following night, improving to 12-2 on the season and evening its conference record at 1-1. Oregon has not started Pac-10 action 1-1 since 1998. Junior OH Gorana Maricic led the Ducks averaging 6.25 points and 5.38 kills per game, including a career-best 33 kills and 20 digs against the Huskies... OREGON STATE sophomore OH Rachel Rourke posted 38 kills (4.75 kpg) over the weekend. She's posted double digit kills in 13 of 14 matches this season, collecting 20 or more kills in six mathces. Freshman OH Jill Sawatzky tallied 30 kills (3.75 kpg) and hit .247 in matches last week. Junior DS Ashley Evans responded with 45 digs (5.63 dpg) over the weekend, and has posted 20 or more digs in each of the last four matches (99 digs/5.50 dpg)... STANFORD opened Pac-10 play with a win over rival California. Freshman OH Alix Klineman led a group of four Cardinal players in double-figures, pounding a career-high 22 kills and hitting a team-high .415. Junior MB Foluke Akinradewo added 15 kills and a season-high eight blocks, while junior OH Cynthia Barboza chipped in her seventh double-double of the season with 14 kills and 18 digs... UCLA opened Pac-10 play victorious, beating Arizona and Arizona State to run its winning streak to 11. Junior OH Kaitlin Sather paced UCLA with a match and season-high 17 kills against Arizona, hitting .467. She followed that up with a double-double on 14 kills and 13 digs, hitting .414. The Bruins registered a season-high 14.5 blocks in both matches. Junior S Nellie Spicer had two double-doubles last week and moved into fourth on UCLA's all-time assists list and now has 3,683 for her career... USC has started league play at 2-0 after defeating both Arizona State and Arizona. Against Arizona State, freshman OH Kimmee Roleder registered a season-high 18 kills and 21.0 points. It was USC's 23rd straight win in the series against ASU, dating back to the 1995 season. Senior All-America OH Asia Kaczor recorded 25 kills, 16 digs, six blocks and 28.5 points as the Women of Troy defeated Arizona. USC rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the match as the Trojans are now 3-0 this season in five-game matches... With its come-from-behind victory at Oregon, WASHINGTON has now won 13 matches in a row against Ducks, dating back to the 2001 season. The last time Washington rallied from a 2-0 deficit was on Oct. 28, 2004 at Oregon State. With its win at Oregon State, Washington now leads the all-time series with Oregon State 44-21. The Huskies have won 11 straight matches against the Beavers dating back to the 2002 season. Senior OH Stevie Mussie had 48 points in the two matches last week (27.5 vs. Oregon, and 20.5 vs. Oregon State) and has taken over the team lead in kills per game (4.47).... WASHINGTON STATE dropped its conference opener in a five-game match at Oregon State. The Cougs were led by the 20 kills from senior OH Adetokunbo Faleti, while sophomore OH Jackie Albright added 18 kills and junior OH Brittany Johnson contributed 17 kills. Senior S Maureen Perez had a career-high 66 assists. Sophomore L Kelly Hyder tallied 32 digs, just two off her career-best and three from the school record. After 12 consecutive matches away from home, the Cougars finally return to Bohler Gym where they are 4-0 this season.